Trucker wages increased by 11% in a year, according to ATA
A report from the American Trucking Association (ATA) showed that wages of American truckers rose significantly over the past year. This is because the demand for drivers in the field of cargo transportation increased.
The study surveyed fleets with more than 135 000 full-time drivers and nearly 20 000 independent contractors. The survey included information on salaries, as well as bonuses and benefits.
The survey found that the average truck driver earned more than $69 000 in 2021, up 18% from 2020.
In 2021, more than 90% of truck fleets received pay raises, with an average increase of 10.9%. 96% of fleets offered bonuses for new drivers and 54% offered bonuses on signup.
The average pay for a private fleet driver is currently $85 000.
“The drivers` shortage combined with the increased demand for goods during the post-pandemic time, really affected drivers` wages,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Pay rise should dispel myths about the nature of work in trucking. After all, this job can provide a well-paid career.”